Digital Inclusion Grants to the value of £4,000

Purpose of the Grants 

The grants are designed to assist local providers of digital inclusion support across Derbyshire, enabling more residents to become digitally included, connected, and confident. 

Priorities 

The DSD Governance Panel is seeking groups and services that align with the following priorities: 

  • Provide 1-1 digital support, either within a project or in someone’s home. 
  • Increase the number of Digital Champions in Derbyshire. 
  • Reduce social isolation caused by digital exclusion. 
  • Cover geographical areas with gaps in existing digital inclusion support. 
  • Develop relevant resources for the Network and its members. 
  • Deliver training to increase digital inclusion for residents or train Digital Champions. 
  • Enable and support people to develop digital skills for accessing online health services, such as the NHS Health App. 

What Will We Fund? 

We will fund new or existing services or activities that meet the priorities listed above. This includes: 

  • Services expanding their digital support capacity to reach digitally excluded areas. 
  • Revenue costs associated with project delivery, including salaries, rent, and training. 
  • Reasonable capital costs, provided with quotes. For device funding, we will signpost to the device recycling project. 

Eligibility 

To apply, your organisation must be: 

  • A voluntary, community, faith, or social enterprise group with a written constitution. 
  • Based or working in Derbyshire and a DSD Member. (Non-members can contact [email protected] to sign up.) 

Amount of Grants 

The grant pot totals £50,000 until March 2025, with applications ranging from £1,000 to £4,000. 

How to Apply 

Applications are accepted via an online form. Questions are provided in advance to help you prepare. Click on the "Example of Application Form" link below. Please make sure you have all the necessary information required before completing the form. If you have any queries about the process, please contact Sam Tock.

Example of Application Form

Guidance Notes

Application Form

There are two funding rounds. 

Round 1: June 13 - July 9, 2024 

Round 2: October 30 - November 25, 2024 

  • The panel will allocate half the funding in each round.
  • Projects can last between 6 to 18 months.
  • They must be completed by March 2026. 

What and Who Cannot Be Funded? 

We will not accept applications from groups/organisations that are: 

  • Trading for profit, statutory services, or intending to redistribute grant awards. 
  • Promoting a particular political party or religious belief. 
  • Running activities outside Derbyshire or not aligned with the DSD Grants Programme priorities. 
  • Seeking devices and equipment available through the Device Refurbishing Project. 

How Decisions Are Made 

Applications are reviewed by the DSD Governance Panel, consisting of representatives from RAD, DCC, and a voluntary sector representative. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks and required to complete a grant acceptance form with bank details. 

Grant recipients must submit monitoring reports every six months and a final report upon project completion. 

Feedback on unsuccessful applications 

Unsuccessful applicants can receive feedback and guidance for other funding opportunities. Reapplication in the next round is permitted. 

Contact Information 

For questions or further information, email Sam Tock at [email protected]